EU officials fear the slow enlargement process is leading to democratic backsliding in the Western Balkans, and creating opportunities for Russia and China to increase their influence.
Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
European economic sentiment took a hit in March, falling in seven of the ten most important economies, as the war in Ukraine and the economic impact of extreme sanctions on Russia drive up inflation and disrupt supply chains.
Kiril Petkov says North Macedonia “has a place in the European family”, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz warns further enlargement delays lay Western Balkans open to influence from third parties.
Bulgarians have turned against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin since the invasion of Ukraine, but politicians remain conflicted in what was for many years one of the EU’s most pro-Russian states.
Demonstrators at one of Bulgaria's biggest-ever rallies called on the government to take more decisive steps to support Ukraine, and send much-needed military aid.
There is deep disappointment over the rate of progress of various Roma inclusion policies of the European Union during the last few decades.
Gas link that will allow imports of Azeri gas set to be completed by June, says PM Kiril Petkov.
Current Prime Minister Kiril Petkov says Bulgaria's prosecution is not independent after prosecutors refuse to press charges.
Central and Southeastern European countries are among the most vulnerable to any cut-off in Russian energy exports, but this has not stopped some of them from being very vocal in demanding tougher action.
Gerb leader Boyko Borissov was involved in many corruption scandals during his third and final mandate, but the authorities refused to thoroughly investigate them until recently.
Inflation accelerated in recent months, affected by high energy prices.
Central and Eastern Europe’s arms industry should also benefit from the shift of defence up the list of political priorities.
We may be witnessing the construction of a new Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe, though this time the former Warsaw Pact states of Central Europe will be on the western side.
The Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania have announced that they will quit the two Soviet-era international banks because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Bulgarian paperless expense management provider Payhawk will use the latest round of venture capital funding to triple its workforce by the end of the year.
Stefan Yanev repeatedly insisted that the word ‘war’ must not be used, provoking the ire of PM Kiril Petkov and many others within Bulgaria.
“I want to tear apart my Russian passport … I want to cry. He is insane,” says one Russian citizen in Sofia, where residents fear for the future.
Ukraine’s neighbours are preparing for the arrival of a wave of refugees following the Russian invasion of the country.
Stock prices plunged across Southeast Europe on February 24 as news broke of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of the morning.